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Amelia Kerr had a good look at this left-arm spinner she hadn’t heard of in her six-year international career, as the Mumbai Indians sweated it out ahead of the Women’s Premier League. Kerr, who famously took five for 17 with her leg-spin after cracking 232 not out off 145 balls as a 17-year-old in an ODI for New Zealand against Ireland back in 2018, said to coach Charlotte Edwards and captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “She is very good. She is going to do well.” Saika Ishaque is doing well indeed. In her first four games, she took 12 wickets to stake an early claim for the WPL’s purple cap. Saika’s performance may not have surprised Kerr and the MI camp. But, for the rest of the world, she has been a revelation. Largely an unknown quantity even in India until recently, she has, so ...
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Several factors behind Marcus Rashford’s hot scoring form: Erik Ten Hag

With Marcus Rashford on the brink of a 30-goal season for the first time in his career, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag allowed himself a moment of satisfaction. “I think I said it in the summer. The question came several times if I believe Rashford or (Anthony) Martial, one of them could score 20 plus goals and I said yes,” the Dutchman recalled on Friday. Ten Hag is not the first United manager to put his faith in Rashford discovering his scoring touch. The England striker has had hot streaks under Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his inconsistency raised questions over his ability to be a goal scorer of the highest level. That was until this season. His winner against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday was his 28th of a career-best season th...
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IND vs AUS: It was fun batting with Ravindra Jadeja, says KL Rahul

KL Rahul who was recently in the eye of the storm due to his poor form in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, fired back with his bat in the 1st ODI against the Aussies on Friday. The batter played a pivotal innings of 75* with Ravindra Jadeja (45) and helped India chase down 189 in the Wankhede after the hosts had lost 3 early wickets. “Saw three wickets fall down early, Starc was swinging the ball well and when he brings the ball back in, he is a dangerous bowler. Just tried to play normal cricketing shots. Got a few boundaries away and that settled my nerves. I batted with Shubman, Hardik, and Jadeja. The talk was that there’s help on the wicket but we did not want to get into our shell and play out a certain bowler. We wanted to be positive and put the loose balls...
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S Chikkarangappa leaps to the top with 66 at DGC Open

The Delhi Golf Club is reputed to be a happy hunting ground for Indians and S Chikkarangappa reaped the rewards by taking a three-shot lead at the halfway mark of the DGC Open on Friday. The 29-year-old carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66 to enter double figures after the first two rounds of the Asian Tour event at 10-under. The bunch closest to him includes two Indians – Rashid Khan (70) and Om Prakash Chouhan (68) – as well as defending champion Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand (70). Chikkarangappa is coming off a tied-sixth-place finish at last week’s event in Thailand, and the good form and vibes showed. "In this course, I'm just learning how to play every year. I've been putting well. Yeah six birdies with 12 pars today was amazing", quoted @chikkarangappa after his excellent secon...
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Four teams battling it out for two playoffs berths

On a roll: Mumbai Indians has looked the most dominant side of the tournament. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI A fortnight has passed since the Women’s Premier League got off to an explosive start, with Harmanpreet Kaur playing a blinder at Navi Mumbai’s D.Y. Patil Stadium. Mumbai Indians won the opening match against Gujarat Giants by a huge margin.MI is still unbeaten, having won five matches on the trot. It is the only team to have ensured a place in the playoffs, and it did that with three matches still in hand. After a day’s break, the WPL resumes on Saturday, with all the other teams theoretically having a chance to claim one of the two remaining playoffs spots. Of them, Delhi Capitals, despite its loss to Gujarat Giants in a low-scoring, close encounter on Thursday, looks the...
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Rahul and Jadeja turn it around for India 

Amongst runs: Rahul was in his element with an unbeaten 75. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI After the rank turners and a docile pitch during the Test series, the pacers finally had something going for them on a typical Wankhede Stadium track. Despite the speedsters from both sides ruling the roost, K.L. Rahul’s standout knock turned out to be decisive as India took the lead in the three-match ODI series versus Australia. Fine show: Jadeja’s all-round show helped India take a 1-0 lead. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Rahul’s unbeaten 75 (91b, 7x4, 1x6) — ably aided first by stand-in captain Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja with the willow — meant India overhauled the target of 189 with five wickets and 61 balls to spare.Marsh on songRahul was the second-highest individual scorer of ...
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‘We’re going for the title’: Gayatri Gopichand says after making All England badminton semis with Treesa Jolly

The Indian women’s doubles pairing of Gayatri Gopichand Pullela and Treesa Jolly entered their second successive semi-finals of the All England Championships on Friday and the former boldly proclaimed that they were eyeing the title. The Indians needed three games to shrug off the challenge of China’s Li Wen Mei and Liu Xuan Xuan, winning 21-14, 18-21, 21-12 to set up a clash against the Korean pair of Baek Na Ha and Lee So Hee in the semi-finals on Saturday. Only two Indians have even won at the prestigious tournament: Prakash Padukone in 1980, and Gayatri’s father, Pullela Gopichand, in 2001 twenty one years later. Three Indians have come within touching distance of winning the event: Prakash Nath in 1947, Saina Nehwal in 2015 and Lakshya Sen last year, all three losing in the final. ...
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Everything felt correct from first ball of my second spell: Mohammed Shami | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The moment Mohammad Shami bowled the first ball of his second spell, it felt as if everything has fallen in place.KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja's star turn with the bat might have got India a five-wicket against Australia in the first ODI but the credit for restricting visitors to a gettable total goes to Shami."It felt alright right from the first ball of the second spell. The ball was coming off nicely from the point of release," Shami told the mediapersons after the match."We talk about the seam position or off the deck, but the focus was to keep the ball in good areas because they were playing on the back-foot. My mindset was to pitch the ball a little further with a slip in place, as I had done in the first spell," he explained.Shami said it was pleasing to see Rahul playing...
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Watch: Virat Kohli’s viral video of iconic ‘Naatu Naatu’ hook step during India-Australia ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Charismatic Virat Kohli has always been a livewire on the field and this time it's no different as the Indian batter enthralled the Wankhede crowd with the iconic 'Naatu Naatu' hook step during the first India-Australia ODI in Mumbai on Friday.The step not only turned the crowd present at the ground in a frenzy but also took the internet by storm.Kohli Dancing For Naatu Naatu Dance🕺❤️ @imVkohli @its_King18 @Vk__cult @vk__cult2 @vk_Cult03 @Sainath_Reddy_5 https://t.co/NIYmPcMRBj— Kalyan Cherry (@Kalyancherry98) 1679055799000The song from the Telugu movie 'RRR' became a raging hit and recently won the Academy Awards in the ‘'Best Original Song’ category, making it the first Indian song to win at the Oscars.Even the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Aussie Matthew Hayden performed on...
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Embattled KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja calmed those watching from outside: Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Hardik Pandya gave a big thumbs up to the embattled KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, following India's five-wicket win against Australia in the first ODI here, saying they had a huge calming effect on those watching from the sidelines.Test vice-captain Rahul, who was dropped for the third and fourth Tests against Australia because of poor form, struck an unbeaten 75 and along with Jadeja (45 not out) helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series."I am really proud the way we played today. Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) did what he was supposed to do coming back after eight months away from ODIs. I enjoyed my bowling and batting, would have loved to finish it off, but the way KL (Rahul) and Jaddu batted, it was calming to those watching from the outside," said Pandya, the stan...
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IPL 2023: AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle to be inducted into RCB Hall of Fame

In a first, IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore will be honouring former players Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers for their contributions to the franchise whilst playing in the Indian Premier League. The team will permanently retire the jersey numbers of the batting legends and induct them into the RCB Hall of Fame as a token of gratitude for their services. The franchise took to Twitter to announce the move and wrote: “We promised you during last year’s IPL that we’ll get @ABdeVilliers17 and @henrygayle together at the Chinnaswamy stadium. And yes, they’re going to be present at the #RCBUnbox event on the 26th of March 2023 for the RCB Hall of Fame induction.” We promised you during last year’s IPL that we’ll get @ABdeVilliers17 and @henrygayle together at the Chinnaswamy stadium....
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India vs Australia, 1st ODI: KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja guide India to nervy win in opener | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India middle-order batter KL Rahul struck a gritty half-century and raised an unbeaten century stand with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to guide India to a nervy five-wicket win over Australia in the ODI series opener in Mumbai on Friday. India were reeling at 39 for 4 in chase of 189 when Rahul came in and played a solid hand, navigating India out of trouble with a couple of decisive partnerships with skipper Hardik Pandya and Jadeja.#TeamIndia go 1⃣-0⃣ up in the series! 👏 👏An unbeaten 1⃣0⃣8⃣-run partnership between @klrahul & @imjadeja as India… https://t.co/FxknD7jHGQ— BCCI (@BCCI) 1679066291000Rahul, who was under fire recently for his horrendous run in Tests and was even dropped from the playing XI in the third and fourth match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, struck a m...
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Jaismine, Shashi in pre-quarters; boxers from boycotting nations New Zealand and Netherlands compete at Worlds | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jaismine Lamboria justified her selection for India’s World boxing championships squad as it took the Bhiwani boxer just 1 minute, 23 seconds to blow away the challenge of Tanzania’s Nyambega Beatrice Ambrose in the women’s 60kg category to sail into the pre-quarters of the event on Friday. Jaismine, whose selection for the Worlds was challenged by the reigning national champion Poonam Poonia in her weight division, scored a dominating RSC (referee stops contest) victory over Ambrose after her Tanzanian opponent received two standing counts from the referee in the first round. The Birmingham CWG bronze medallist, who was playing her first international tournament after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered ahead of the Bhopal Nationals in December, displayed a wide array...
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ODI cricket getting too predictable and boring: Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid an explosion of T20 franchise cricket, diminishing audience interest in the 50-over format and packed scheduling forcing big players to pick and choose formats, ODI cricket is facing a battle for survival. Legendary Sachin Tendulkar on Friday weighed in on diminishing interest in the ODIs saying that format without a doubt has become monotonous and is 'heavy' on the bowlers."It's getting monotonous, without a doubt. The current format, which has been there for a while now is two new balls (per innings). When you have two new balls, you have kind of eliminated reverse swing. "Even though, we are in the 40th over of the game, it's just the 20th over of that ball. And the ball only starts reversing around the 30th over. That element is missing today because of two new balls...
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Times Internet’s Willow TV secures ICC rights in USA and Canada until 2027 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced a new four-year direct deal with Times Internet Limited in the USA and Canada, making Willow the home of ICC cricket in both countries up until the end of 2027.The new deal continues the successful partnership between ICC and Willow TV which has been in place since 2016, delivering extensive coverage across Willow’s platforms, bringing cricket to a growing number of fans across the USA and Canada.With speculation rife that USA might be stripped of the hosting rights, the ICC came up with a statement to clarify their position, with CEO Geoff Allardice terming USA as a strategic market."Over 30 million cricket fans are estimated to live in the United States and Canada. Willow TV, the premier broadcaster of cricket in t...
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WPL: Intense fight for remaining playoff spots beckons

Red-hot team: Mumbai Indians has qualified for playoffs with three games to spare. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini A fortnight has passed since the Women’s Premier League got off to an explosive start, with Harmanpreet Kaur playing a blinder at Navi Mumbai’s D.Y. Patil Stadium. Mumbai Indians won the opening match against Gujarat Giants by a huge margin. MI is still unbeaten, having won five matches on the trot. It is the only team to have ensured a place in the playoffs, and it did that with three matches still in hand. After a day’s break, the WPL resumes on Saturday, with all the other teams theoretically having chances of claiming one of the two remaining playoffs spots. Of them, Delhi Capitals, despite its loss to Gujarat Giants in a low-scoring, close encounter on Thursday...
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WPL: Intense fight for remaining playoff spots beckons

Red-hot team: Mumbai Indians has qualified for playoffs with three games to spare. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI A fortnight has passed since the Women’s Premier League got off to an explosive start, with Harmanpreet Kaur playing a blinder at Navi Mumbai’s D.Y. Patil Stadium. Mumbai Indians won the opening match against Gujarat Giants by a huge margin. MI is still unbeaten, having won five matches on the trot. It is the only team to have ensured a place in the playoffs, and it did that with three matches still in hand. After a day’s break, the WPL resumes on Saturday, with all the other teams theoretically having chances of claiming one of the two remaining playoffs spots. Of them, Delhi Capitals, despite its loss to Gujarat Giants in a low-scoring, close encounter on Thursday...
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Lewis Hamilton splits from long-term performance coach Cullen | Racing News – Times of India

Lewis Hamilton announced a split from his long-term performance coach Angela Cullen on Friday with both posting tributes on social media.New Zealander Cullen has been a constant paddock presence supporting Hamilton on race weekends for much of the seven times Formula One world champion's time at Mercedes.The 48-year-old has become a familiar face to television viewers, attending to Hamilton in a role that was as much personal assistant and confidante."For the last seven years, Angela Cullen has been by my side, pushing me to be the best version of myself," the 38-year-old Briton said on Instagram ahead of the weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah."I am a stronger athlete and a better person because of her. So today I hope you'll join me in wishing her the very best as she takes h...
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Manchester United meet Sevilla in Europa League quarters | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Manchester United will go up against a record six-time winners Sevilla in the Europa League quarters while Juventus face Sporting for a place in last the last four. In the draw, which was held in Nyon on Friday, Roma were drawn with Feyenoord in a repeat of last season's Europa Conference League final while Bayer Leverkusen were pitted against Union Saint-Gilloise. United, who beat Real Betis in both legs of their last 16 tie, will travel to Spain once again after Sevilla -- who last won the competition in 2020 -- qualified despite losing the second leg to Fenerbahce.The quarter-finals are set! 👊😍 Most exciting tie here? #UELdraw https://t.co/jslA1pafqW— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) 1679055486000The Spanish side have never lost to United in three meetings, last beating ...